2020 Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT First Look Preview

Suzuki’s value-conscious V-Strom adventure bike gets updated for 2020.

V-Strom lovers everywhere are celebrating the arrival of the 2020 Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT adventure bike. The latest version of the venerable V-Strom is built around the tried-and-true 1,037cc 90-degree V-twin and twin-spar aluminum frame. Displacement remains the same with new tuning tailored toward increased peak horsepower while retaining the rider friendly low-end grunt. The 2020 1050XT utilizes a new ride-by-wire system to operate the dual 49mm electronic throttle assemblies, which in turn opens the door for a number of new rider assist functions.

The 2020 Suzuki V-Strom 1050 Will Come In Three Models

2020 V-Strom 1050XT Adventure
The 2020 V-Strom 1050XT Adventure is the most sophisticated adventure bike Suzuki has ever built. It is still powered by the popular 90-degree V-twin, but this version is equipped with the latest rider assist technology.Suzuki

This next generation V-Strom will be offered as three different models. The base model V-Strom 1050 is not target for off-road use so it gets 10-spoke cast aluminum wheels and weighs 30 pounds less while the 1050XT and 1050XT Adventure get spoked wheels. The Adventure comes with heated grips and key-matched panniers. Otherwise, all three models receive the same 5.3-gallon fuel capacity, engine tune, chassis and updated electronics package across the board.

2020 Suzuki V-Strom 1050 Updates Over 2019 V-Strom 1000

riding position
The riding position has been updated as well. A new tapered handlebar offers improved control while providing an off-road appearance.Suzuki

At the core of the new V-Strom is a new six-axis Bosch IMU in charge of the Suzuki Intelligent Ride System (S.I.R.S.) which takes the electronics package of the V-Strom to a whole new level. The list of new safety functions is as follows: Motion Track Anti-lock and Combination Brake System, Hill Hold Control System, Slope Dependent Control System and a Load Dependent Control System that manages braking power at all times. They also get a new cruise control system and updated traction control. Management of these rider assist functions is managed through the switchgear located on the left handlebar and monitored on the new lightweight LCD dash.

new height-adjustable windscreen
The new height-adjustable windscreen was developed in a wind tunnel to make sure it reduces wind noise and buffeting to the rider. It can be adjusted, by hand, to 11 different positions. The base model 1050 is shown here.Suzuki

Of all the updates to the new V-Strom the most obvious is the new angular bodywork with an 11-way adjustable windscreen, lots of LED running lights as well as an all-new stacked rectangular LED headlight. Suzuki says the new look is inspired by its old-school Dakar Rally bike like the one ridden by Gaston Rahier back in the 90s, but it still stays true to the V-Strom heritage. Suspension is handled by a 43mm KYB inverted front fork adjustable for spring preload, compression, and rebound-damping with a rear shock with rebound and easy-access remote hydraulic spring preload adjustments.

This version of the V-twin features exhaust and intake camshafts that are changed so that valve lift is increased and as a result, the valve-timing has less overlap. This increases engine power while reducing fuel consumption.Suzuki

Braking is provided by a pair of 310mm discs and Motion Track ABS-equipped Tokico radial mount four-piston calipers up front and a single disc with a two-piston Nissin caliper on the back. The 1050XT comes with D.I.D. tubeless aluminum spoke wheel shod with Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tires which alludes to the new and improved bike’s off-road potential. An aluminum skid plate comes standard on both the XT models as well.

V-Strom 1050 XT
The V-Strom 1050 XT instrument panel displays information on cruise control, Hill Hold System, Slope Dependent Control System, Load Dependent System, and the Motion Track Anti-lock and Combination Brake System sensitivity.Suzuki

In addition to all the slough of high-tech goodies, the new receives an upgraded two-piece gripper seat, tall dirt bike type handlebar with brush guards, wider footpegs with rubber inserts and two power ports located close to the rider and passenger. A USB-type near the front is perfect for a GPS or smartphone while a DDC socket by the passenger can be used for heated gear or other powered products. Like we mentioned earlier, it also comes with an adjustable windscreen too.

2020 Suzuki V-Strom 1050 Colors And Pricing

two-piece seat
The two-piece seat provides improved comfort for the rider and passenger. The rider’s section is height-adjustable by 20mm.Suzuki

Pricing and availability were not released at this time but we do know what colors each model will be offered in. The base model 2020 V-Strom 1050 will be offered in Glass Sparkle Black/Solid Iron Gray, while the 1050XT is going to be available in Pearl White/Glass Blaze Orange with black rims or the Champion Yellow version with gold rims. The flagship 1050XT Adventure will only be available in Glass Sparkle Black with black rims.

This V-Strom reboot has been a long time in the making for Suzuki, and we are excited to see these updates to their popular adventure bike. Let us know what you think of the motorcycle as well. We’d like to hear your opinion.

charging system
The charging system uses a durable, three-phase stator with an open-style regulator/rectifier that reduces mechanical drag and heat while producing higher output at lower engine speeds.Suzuki

2020 Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT Specifications

ENGINE 1,037cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 90° V-twin
BORE x STROKE 100.0mm x 66.0mm
FUEL DELIVERY Fuel injection, Ride-by-Wire equipped
CLUTCH Wet multi-plate; cable actuation
FRAME Twin-spar aluminum
FRONT SUSPENSION 43mm KYB Inverted telescopic, coil spring, oil damped; 6.3-in. travel || REAR SUSPENSION | Link type, single shock, coil spring, oil damped; 6.3-in. travel
FRONT BRAKE Tokico, 310mm dual discs w/4-piston calipers
REAR BRAKE Nissin, 2-piston, single disc
WHEELS D.I.D. spoke-style wheels with aluminum, tubeless-style wheel rims
TIRES Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41; 110/80R19 front, 150/70R17 rear
RAKE/TRAIL 23.1°/3.7 in.
WHEELBASE 61.2 in.
SEAT HEIGHT 33.5 in.
CLAIMED CURB WEIGHT 544 lb. (520 lbs for base model 1050
WARRANTY 12-Month Limited Warranty
Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41
Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tires are fitted to D.I.D. spoke-wheels with aluminum, tubeless-style wheel rims.Suzuki
Tokico Monoblock
Tokico Monoblock, four-piston calipers and 310mm floating-mount dual discs provide impressive stopping power. They work with the Motion Track Anti-lock and Combination Brake System for enhanced stopping performance.Suzuki
Genuine Suzuki Accessories
There are plenty of Genuine Suzuki Accessories for the new 1050XT including luggage, heated grips, along with high- and low-profile seats, auxiliary lights.Suzuki
2020 V-Strom 1050XT
The 2020 V-Strom 1050XT uses lightweight, low-draw LED turn signals and lights that are brighter than the previous model.Suzuki
2020 V-Strom 1050 fuel tank
The 2020 V-Strom 1050 fuel tank provides a 5.3-gallon capacity. Despite the size, the actual cover have been designed to offer a slim tank-to-seat point that enhances rider comfort.Suzuki
Hill Hold Assist
Hill Hold Assist: When stopping upward on a hill and applying the brakes, this system automatically operates the rear brake for around 30 seconds to prevent the motorcycle from rolling back down the hill even if the rider releases the brake lever or pedal. This allows the rider to focus on a smoother takeoff when on the hill side.Suzuki
43mm KYB inverted front fork
The 43mm KYB inverted front fork are adjustable for spring preload plus compression and rebound-damping.Suzuki